Tour de France 2010: Guide & news – all you need to know

Tour de France 2010: Guide & news – all  you need to know

Nothing in the cycling world beats the grand event of the Tour de France, the pinnacle of the year as far as cycling enthusiasts are concerned. The Tour de France 2010 began today, Saturday July 3 and will last for 3 weeks, ending in Paris, along the Champs Elysees on July 25.

For those new to the Tour you may be baffled about the different coloured jerseys worn by the riders so we’ll try to explain what they mean. The yellow jersey is for the overall winner, while green is for the points, the white jersey is for the under 25 best placed rider, while the polka dot is for the renowned King of the Mountains, according to Alex Murray on BBC Sport.

Alberto Contador last year gained his second yellow jersey even though he had challengers from within his own team. That shouldn’t be a problem for him this time around and if he’s on form, with this course suiting his climbing skills, he will be extremely hard to beat. Meanwhile the best young rider last year was Andy Schleck and he will be Contador’s main rival this time. Ivan Basso and world champion Cadel Evans are among the other major contenders.

Three stages of the Tour de France that will among the best are firstly Stage 3, Wanze – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut where the route meets the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. Then Stage 8 Station des Rousses – Morzine-Avoriaz and also Stage 17, Pau – Col du Tourmalet.

For more on this go to BBC Sport. If you want to know everything you will ever need to know about the Tour de France 2010 then go to the official website here. You will find details of the route, the current standings, the latest news, team information, games, videos, history and even a Tour de France store. Who in your mind is the main contender for this year’s Tour de France? We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

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